Meeting of the Truman State University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
2015 January 20, 4:30-5:45 PM, at the DuKum Inn
Present: Dawood Afzal, Marc Becker, Kathryn Brammall, Mark Hatala, Sylvia Macauley, Marc Rice (presiding), David Robinson (secretary)
Next meeting: Tuesday, February 17, 4:30 PM at DuKum Inn
Things are coming together for our Town Hall on March 19. Marc Rice will book an appropriate room, and Amy Blouin (Missouri Budget Project) will speak on campus, 4:30-6:00; then attendees are invited to Dukum-upstairs for a social hour with light dinner, followed by a panel discussion. The Dukum part will start at 7 PM and last until about 8:30 PM. Marc Rice and chapter treasurer Kathryn Brammall note that our chapter treasury has “more than $500” (updated report to follow). David Robinson announced that MOAAUP received a generous Conference Development Grant, with $200 ear-marked to support the Truman Town Hall meeting. In addition, MOAAUP may decide to spend some more of that money to bring a state AAUP officer or two to Kirksville for the event.
Marc Rice and David Robinson will work together on publicity for the Town Hall, especially encouraging faculty to attend and reaching out to community people who should also have an interest. Our working title for the event is currently
“Missouri Money Matter$: Prospects for the Future of Higher Education.”
Sabbaticals were discussed again (see minutes of previous meeting, Nov. 16). We confirmed our need to contact the President Paino and Provost Thomas, to discuss with them the dual problematic: last year’s bizarre application/award process and the overall lack of support for sabbaticals at Truman. Our chapter president, Marc Rice, will contact administration and put together a delegation, possibly including Daniel Mandell and Steven Reschly (who was on an earlier faculty committee studying sabbaticals).